Initial combination therapy with YAG laser photoresection and irradiation for inoperable non-small cell carcinoma of the lung. A preliminary report

Chest. 1986 Jun;89(6):782-5. doi: 10.1378/chest.89.6.782.


Patients presenting with inoperable non-small cell carcinoma of the lung and major symptomatic bronchial obstruction were treated initially with debulking of the airways by YAG laser, followed by conventional external-beam radiotherapy. The former method was used to minimize postobstructive pneumonitis or respiratory failure (or both) that often complicates major brochial obstruction and also to lessen the burden of tumor to be treated by radiotherapy. The preliminary results of 19 patients treated in this manner are reported, emphasizing the impact of this combined method on morbidity and mortality.

MeSH terms

  • Adenocarcinoma / radiotherapy
  • Adenocarcinoma / surgery
  • Aged
  • Carcinoma / radiotherapy
  • Carcinoma / surgery*
  • Carcinoma, Bronchogenic / radiotherapy
  • Carcinoma, Bronchogenic / surgery
  • Carcinoma, Squamous Cell / radiotherapy
  • Carcinoma, Squamous Cell / surgery
  • Combined Modality Therapy
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Laser Therapy*
  • Lung Neoplasms / radiotherapy
  • Lung Neoplasms / surgery*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Postoperative Complications